Corby man taking ancient wall in his stride for hospice

Corby man Gerry Cooney is walking along Hadrian's Wall to raise money for the Lakelands Hospice
Corby man Gerry Cooney is walking along Hadrian's Wall to raise money for the Lakelands Hospice

A Corby man is planning a three day hike along the path of Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for the Lakelands Hospice.

Gerry Cooney, 55, who lives in the Old Village, is travelling to Carlisle at the end of this month and plans to begin the 80-odd mile trek along the wall early on the morning of Friday, May 29, finishing on the following Sunday.

Mr Cooney said: “I’m going to be on my own and I will be camping overnight.

“I’m on quite a tight timescale though, so even though I’m camping I don’t think I will be getting much sleep – I might end up walking into the night.”

Mr Cooney, who is a bricklaying instructor in a prison, began his training about nine months ago and has been doing regular cross-country walks around the Rockingham area in preparation.

He added: “Because I work in a prison we also have access to a gym so I have been using that regularly to get ready. I’ve done sponsored walks before but nothing on this scale.”

Mr Cooney said he chose to raise money for the Lakelands Hospice because it is a cause close to the hearts of lots of people in Corby.

He added: “Thankfully no-one I know has been affected – but lots of people in Corby support it and I want to do my bit.”

Mr Cooney has already raised several hundred pounds in sponsorship and has set up a page at www.justgiving.com/gerry-cooney1 if anyone else would like to contribute.